Art Workshops and Training

Public Art Workshops in Manchester
Jan – March 2019

We have launched a new programme of creative workshops open to anyone over the age of 16 (apart from Saturday Art Clubs and Family Ceramics which are open to younger participants). Please see refund and cancellation policy at the bottom of this page. If you would like to receive an email when new art workshops in Manchester go live you can sign up for the Public Creative Workshops mailing list here. Alternatively, receive up-to-date, regular information about our exhibitions and events by registering for our Gallery Events mailing list.

Workshop Date Time Price Details & Bookings
Drawing Socials Thu eves Jan 31st

Feb 28th

18:30–20:30 £7.50 incl. refreshments A playful take on drawing – fun, sociable and creative evenings- discover a range of drawing techniques and how much fun drawing can be! Games and exercises will help you to experience a relaxed and experimental approach to drawing and all abilities are welcome. Click for more.
Ceramics: Evening Class Thu eves Jan 31st, Feb 7th, 14th, 28th, March 7th, 14th 18:30-20:30 £90 Click for more.
Family Ceramics: Owls Sat Jan 26th 11:00–12:00 OR 13:00-14:00 £10 Click for more.
Lino Cut Printmaking Thu Feb 7th 18:30–21:00 £20 Lino Cut Printmaking with artist Jasmine Walne Design
Explore several basic linocut techniques to create an interesting and unique design. Create a design, cut lino and print your own artwork. Take your linocut home and use it again and again! Click for more.
Ceramics: Make a Pair of Mugs Fri Feb 8th 13:00–15:00 £35
£30 EB
Learn how to roll, mould and decorate clay to create a pair of gorgeous mugs with Jeni Jacques-Williams of Lemon Studio. Your work will be fired at Arc following the workshop. Click for more.
Ceramics: Pottery Studio Fri Jan 18th, Feb 15th, Mar 22nd 13:00–15:30 £10 per person per session Do you have some pottery skills but nowhere to practice? Come along to our monthly clay sessions and work on your own projects using our fantastic clay studio with the support of our fantastic Pottery Pioneers Team. Click for more
The Wonder of Watercolour Fri Feb 15th 13:00-15:30 £25
£20 EB
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Family Ceramics: Paint-a-Pot  Thu Feb 21st 11:00–12:00 or 13:00–14:00 £10 Join us during half term for a fun 1 hour session to paint your own spring creature ready for a new season! Suitable for beginners aged 5 and over (adults welcome too!). Price includes all materials and firing for one piece. Click more.
Jewellery Making: Silver Pendant Sat Feb 23rd 10:00-15:00 £55
£50 EB
Make a simple pair of earrings or pendant in a day with Heatons Arts Trail and Wilmslow Guild artist Mia Calderisi. You’ll be shown an array of basic traditional, jewellery making techniques: Annealing, sawing, filing, finishing, and some basic forming. You will leave with a beautiful and unique piece of jewellery. Click for more.
Doing It Yourself: An Artists’ Networking Event Thu March 7th 18:30–20:00 FREE How do you set up and successfully run your own creative business? Come along and hear from our guests about running arts workshops, venues and studios. There will also be an opportunity to meet the Arc team and hear about our latest and upcoming work with freelance artists. Quarterly event.
Guests include jeweller Stacey Hill and Jennifer Samuel Bryans from EPOK Studios & GalleryClick for more.
‘Lost Words’ Bookmaking Sat March 9th 11:00–15:00 £35
£30 EB
Learn how to fold and construct a beautiful flower fold book based on ‘lost words’ from nature. Use collage, stamps and even an old-fashioned typewriter to illustrate the words and create a keepsake book that records them for the future. Click for more.
Make a Ceramic Bird Sat March 9th 11:00–13:00 £35
£30 EB
Learn basic slab pottery skills to make a ceramic bird with personality with potter Jeni Jacques-Williams of Lemon Studio. Your work will be fired at Arc following the workshop. Suitable for all levels of experience. Price includes all materials and firing. Click for more.
Print Your Own Manchester Bee Tote Bag Thu March 14th 18:30–20:30 £18 Led by artist Nayna Lad, create and print your own tote bag design inspired by the Manchester Bee and its symbolism of ‘working together’. Decorate your piece with interlocking hexagons to create a honeycomb effect, some developed with patterns taken from natural forms and collaborate with other participants to make your background design even more unique. Click for more.
Weaving For Beginners Fri March 22nd 13:00-16:00 £35
£30 EB
Create a Woven Wall Hanging with artist Jane Hughes. Learn to warp a loom and other basic weaving techniques such as knots, fringing and considering the composition of your design. You will learn how to remove the weave from the loom to create a lovely woven wall hanging to take home. Click for more.
Family Ceramics: Make a Mobile for Your Bedroom Sat March 30th 11:00–12:00 OR 13:00–14:00 £10 Make a unique and personalised hanging mobile for your bedroom using clay and glazes, with Arc and Lovely Little Lamp artist Rachel Harlow. Click for more.
Saturday Art Club Workshops Jan-Nov Sat Jan 26th, Feb 23th , Mar 30st, Apr 27th plus 7 more 11:00-15:30 FREE Adults & children welcome on the last Saturday of every month for Arc Saturday Art Club! Arts activities are drop-in and run from 11:00-15:30. Click here for details.
Art Workshops in Manchester Leaflet (PDF) |  Click to view Facebook event pages  |Click here for details about other exhibitions and events

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Workshop Refund & Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel a workshop

Please check dates and times carefully before booking. We understand that some unforseen circumstances may arise, so if you are unable to attend your booked workshop and it’s more than 14 days in advance of the start date, then we will try to offer a transfer to an alternative date or workshop. We appreciate that it is not always possible to find someone who can buy your ticket from you and will refund your ticket.

If cancellation is within 14 days of your workshop I’m afraid we are unable to offer a refund due to the uncertainty of being able to fill the space at short notice.

We do understand that sometimes unforeseen circumstances may mean that you can’t attend so we are happy for you to send along a friend to take your place or to pass or sell it to somone – just let us know.

Our right to cancel a workshop.
Should we need to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, we will give you as much notice as possible of the cancellation. We will give you a full refund or if you prefer a transfer to an alternative available course, space permitting we will try to accommodate this.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any liability for travel or other costs.

Tickets do not need to be printed.